Life is great while cruising Newport Harbor. View the multi-million dollar bay front homes of the rich and famous. Navigate pass magnificent yachts with names that will bring a smile to everyone on board. Enjoy watching the beautiful sailing vessels gliding along the bay. Midsummer nights bring out the sailors and “Beer Can” yacht races. You’ll enjoy the frolic of sea lions and the whistling of sea birds. Yes, life is good while cruising the harbor.
The chart below has a couple of our recommended tours. Each tour (Red and Green) will take approximately 1 hour in one of our powered boats (speed limit is 5 knots).
Map of the Stars' Homes
And why wouldn’t they live at the most gorgeous harbor in America? Along the 8 islands tour of Newport Harbor and on the waterfront are the homes to many Hollywood stars, past and present. The dock boys will point you in the right direction, share some stories, and get you out on the water where you might just see the stars enjoying their megayachts – or passing by in an power boat just like you!
Ask for a map of the star’s homes when you rent a boat in Newport Harbor.
Things to Do
Nautical Scavenger Hunt
Join the challenge at Balboa Boat Rentals. The game plan is to seek and find answers to specific clues located in Newport Harbor. The team returning in the least amount of time with the most correct answers WINS!
The hunt takes place aboard our popular electric boats that are safe, comfortable and easy to drive. Each boat is a team. The hunt takes approximately two hours to complete but there is no limit to the fun . Costs begin at $250 per boat. A two boat minimum is required for the hunt. The 18’ electric boat holds a maximum of eight passengers. The 21’ vessels hold up to twelve persons per boat at a cost of $300 per boat.
Balboa Boat Rentals is located at 510 E. Edgewater, adjacent to the auto Ferry on the Balboa Peninsula. (949) 673-7200.
To coordinate your Scavenger Hunt Challenge, contact Kristin at (714) 557-5100 Ext. 103, or write an e-mail to email@example.com. We do all the work, you get all the credit.
It's been a long day, and unwinding with a harbor cruise at happy hour with some good friends, appetizers and your favorite beverages is the best way to unwind. Catch some rays in our outboard boats, enjoy the open air in our shaded Surrey Top electric boat, or relax anytime in our fully-enclosed model (shown below). Each model includes a AM/FM/AUX and built-in dining table.
Cruise the harbor in our 6 passenger power boats, great for the whole family. Comfortable seats and bow cushions make for a smooth ride, perfect for viewing the sights and sounds of the bay. Or you can step up the pace and power into the Pacific. Select the right size and power for your experience to best enjoy your day along the California coastline.
Fishing not allowed. $500 damage deposit required for Offshore Powerboat.
Powerboat (9.9 hp) In-Harbor
Our 17′ In-Harbor Powerboat is perfect for a relaxing cruise within the calm and scenic boundaries of Newport Harbor. This boat does not have a canopy.
Powerboat (75 hp) Offshore
Our 19′ Off Shore Powerboat is perfect for an exciting cruise along the coast of Newport Beach.
Duffy Electric Boats
Duffy rentals offer a quiet boating experience. Easy to drive, the Duffy is recommended for boaters of all experience levels. An approximate cruising speed is 5 knots. Batteries hold a minimum charge of six hours. The Duffy is perfect for enjoying the harbor and its many sights or relaxing at the end of a busy day.
18′ Duffy Electric Boat with Surrey Top
Cruise the harbor in a Duffy with friends on a picnic. A great way to see all the sights. Comfortable seating. Surrey top provides shade. Includes stereo radio with AUX cords and dining table.
Duffy Electric – 18′ full enclosure
Perfect for cruising Newport Harbor, day or evening. Our 18 foot Duffy Electric Bay Cruiser with eizing glass enclosures will keep a maximum of 8 passengers (any age) warm and comfy. Boats are equipped with AM/FM radios with AUX cords. No dogs and no fishing.
21′ Duffy Electric Boat with Full Enclosure
Perfect for day and night time sunset cruises. Full eisenglass enclosures keep passengers toasty warm. Plush upholstery. Includes stereo radio with AUX cords and dining table.
Our classic sit-on-top kayaks offer stability. Bring several friends for a leisurely paddle. Life vest and paddle provided. Double your fun and coordination on our double kayak. Deep seat wells position paddlers so they can ride with ease. Life vests and paddles provided.
Our classic sit-on-top kayaks offer stability. Bring several friends for a leisurely paddle. Life vest and paddle provided.
Double your fun and coordination on our double kayak. Deep seat wells position paddlers so they can ride with ease. Life vests and paddles provided.
Come down and try it – it’s really easy and fun!
First timers will enjoy the challenge of balance. Our high-performance stand up paddle boards feature step deck and rail. The built-in deck grip provides maximum traction. The benefit of a good workout is an unexpected bonus. It is faster and easier to learn than it looks. Join in on the fun of this new growing sport.
Come down and try it – it’s really easy and fun!
First timers will enjoy the challenge of balance. Our high-performance stand-up paddle boards feature step deck and rail. The built-in deck grip provides maximum traction. The benefit of a good workout is an unexpected bonus. It is faster and easier to learn than it looks. Join in on the fun of this new growing sport.
Q: Do you need experience to rent a boat?
A: No experience is necessary to drive our boats. We can teach you everything you need to know before you leave our dock. We do suggest novice boaters or customers with little boating experience take our smaller boats.
Q: What do I need to rent a boat?
A: We require a matching credit/debit card and photo ID from someone over the age of 18.
Q: Do I need to sign a contract?
A: Yes, all boats require a contract to be signed by a legal adult who will be onboard the boat.
Q: Is a deposit required?
A: Yes, our 40 & 75 Hp Powerboats require a $500 damage deposit.
Q: Do you offer additional insurance?
Q: Where can I take the boat?
A: Usage areas depend on the boat you chose. Please check with our office if you have a specific area in mind.
Q: How old do you have to be to drive the boats?
A: All drivers must be over the age of 18.
Q: How old to passengers have to be?
A: There is no age limit, though some boats have safety requirements.
Q: How many people are allowed on the boats?
A: Each boat has a maximum capacity, please check the specific boat you are renting. All persons regardless of age count towards the maximum capacity.
Q: Are lifejackets required?
A: While strongly recommended for everyone, the U. S. Coast Guard only requires passengers under the age of 13 to wear lifejackets at all times.
Q: Do you provide life jackets?
A: Yes, we provide lifejackets for all sizes.
Q: Where do I park?
A: All day parking can be found in the parking structure off of Adams St. and Bay Ave.(behind Newport landing restaurant), or the parking lot next to the Balboa Pier off Main St. Meter parking can be found throughout the area. Two hours is the maximum on all meters.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located just to the left of the Balboa Island Ferry and the Fun Zone. [directions]
Q: Can we bring food and drink on the boats?
A: Absolutely, highly recommended. Space is limited on the boats; call our office for more details.
Q: Can we bring alcohol on the boat?
A: Yes, however the driver is not allowed to consume alcohol.
Q: Do you allow fishing?
A: No, we do not allow fishing off of any our boats.
Q: Do you allow swimming off your boats?
A: Swimming is not permitted off any motorized water craft, it is against the law. Swimming off kayaks and SUP’s is only permitted in designated beach areas.
Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Pets are only allowed in the powerboats, pedal boats and kayaks.
Q: Are coolers provided?
A: No, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Q: What is the minimum rental time?
A: All rentals require a 1-hour minimum.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: We require 24 hours advance notice to cancel a reservation.
Q: What are the weather conditions?
A: Check the forecast here
Q: Can I reserve a boat for the same day?
A: Yes, same day reservations can be called into our office for all of our motorized boats.
Q: Can we hire your company to drive the boat for us?